Tell us about AI Love You.
Adam and April are a regular 20-something couple, very nearly blissfully generic, aside from one important detail: one of the pair is an “artificially intelligent companion.” April has decided that her life should end. Their joyful veneer has begun to crack and they need you to decide the future of their relationship. Is the freedom of a robot or the will of a human more important?
AI Love You is an audience interactive show, casting the audience in the role of the “Ethical Steering Committee” of a huge corporation. The audience hears from both characters and must cast their votes to decide how the play should progress until, at the show’s conclusion, they witness one of two alternatives, but equally heart-wrenching, conclusions.
Describe your show in three words.
Audience controlled action.
Why should someone come to see your show?
It will allow you to have a more fulfilling relationship with your own AI partner in the near future.
Since this show’s debut in the UK in 2017, we have been repeatedly amazed by its relevance. Our relationships with artificial intelligence are becoming a large part of our lives, whether we like it or not, and we tend to be having ethical conversations concerning these relationships after the fact. This show is an opportunity to delve into some of the possibilities before they become a reality.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
The Hulk! It completely changes depending on who you’re talking to. Also, it’s smashing.
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
There Ain’t No More because a blend of music, comedy, and storytelling could be watched over and over again.
#FringeDuJour is a peek at some of the shows coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. We’ve asked Fringe artists to answer a few questions to entice you to see what they have to offer and to help cross-pollinate the Fringe.
For Even More Information
The 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 5-15 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.